The book is addressed to researchers, facilitators, and policy-makers to make a case for participatory and integrative approaches resulting in systemic and co-created analyses.
Lead: Patrick Wäger (Patrick.Waeger@empa.ch)
Members: Andreas Bernasconi (Pan Bern), Basil Bornemann (Universität Basel), Olivier Ejderyan (ETHZ) (core group). Franziska Schmid (RisikoWissen), Michael Stauffacher (ETHZ) (extended group).
Natural resources are a central reference point for environmental science and practice. There is much to suggest that modern societies go hand in hand with a systematic overexploitation of natural resources. Short-sighted economic interests and growth imperatives are not the only factors responsible for dysfunctional patterns of natural resource use. Rather, they are also the result of our increasingly fragmented knowledge of natural resources. In both science and practice, this has led to efforts to address natural resource management in a more integrated way.
The Working Group on Integrative Resource Research (IRF) has developed a conceptual framework for this, with which new approaches, methods and research techniques can be devised and shaped towards a more reflective understanding of integration-oriented research on natural resources (Bornemann et al. 2017). The aim of the AG IRF is to further sharpen the concept of "integrative resource research", to deepen and apply what has been developed to date by means of examples, and to make the insights and insights gained available to a wider audience.
Based on its publication "Research on Natural Resources: The Quest for Integration Revisited" (Bornemann et al. 2017), published in 2017, the AG IRF is currently examining methods, techniques and practices for integrative resource research on the basis of case studies. The findings from these and other case studies will be published in a joint publication.